Adjective "Ugly" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Unpleasant or repulsive, especially in appearance.
  1. 'the ugly sound of a fire alarm'
  2. 'Big, bald and ugly, he appears the embodiment of what the XFL sees itself becoming.'
  3. 'But my current phone is a Sharp, and it has a fat ugly connector that no-one seems to have.'
  4. 'She tries to speak but there is only an ugly gasping sound.'
  5. 'Despite their ugly appearance, their bodies are ideally shaped for relentless running down of prey.'
  6. 'She refused to look up at him but his ugly reflection appeared in the water.'
  7. 'If reality is too ugly or unpleasant, we shut it out and pretend it's not there.'
  8. 'They were fat, ugly men with wicked faces, like the one in the picture on the opposite page.'
  9. 'I experience things as beautiful or ugly, pleasant or unpleasant, agreeable or disagreeable.'
  10. 'The election result is basically one big, fat, ugly dark cloud with a few little silver linings hanging off it.'
  11. 'His wrist gave an ugly grinding sound and searing pain tore through him like knives.'
Involving or likely to involve violence or other unpleasantness.
  1. 'As the ugly scenes on the pitch spilled over into the crowd, police were called to the Corbet Field ground.'
  2. 'I quickly called my partner over and we watched in terror as it all unfolded into a really ugly scene.'
  3. 'It's hard not to warm to these men, who are nothing like the ugly, violent stereotypes we expect them to be.'
  4. 'For a moment, it was if she had left her body and was watching this ugly scene happen to someone else.'
  5. 'Today these ugly scenes and remarks could be seen and heard on TV, worldwide, unlike in the past.'
  6. 'It was, in fact, not an ugly scene but at best it was one in which there might have been a subtle sneer involved.'
  7. 'Beyond that, there were no reports of violence and other ugly scenes that have characterised past elections.'
  8. 'Now that we have the names of the eight bidders, how interesting and how ugly is it likely to be?'
  9. 'The ugly scenes witnessed last year are sure to make a comeback this year.'
  10. 'Timely intervention by the respective authorities prevented an ugly scene.'
  11. 'ugly rumours persisted that there had been a cover-up'
  12. 'She thought of the ugly rumors that were going around about her and it released her anger a little.'
  13. 'He is so ugly on the inside that his only forte is being beautiful and absolutely vicious on the outside!'
  14. 'But there's a second kind of criticism that says the political run-up to this thing was pretty ugly.'
  15. 'Since then, I have noticed that democracy isn't always pretty and capitalism can be downright ugly.'
  16. 'By doing this, it suggests continuity with the old regime, rather than complicity in an ugly coup of a popular mayor.'
  17. 'Sadly, the ugly arm of slavery reaches far beyond Sudan and shockingly touches every continent except Antarctica.'
  18. 'But the offer is vetoed by Finn, who alone sees the ugly fascist behind The Man's smooth mask of respectability.'


adjective, uglier, ugliest.

1. very unattractive or unpleasant to look at; offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance.

2. disagreeable; unpleasant; objectionable: ugly tricks; ugly discords.

3. morally revolting: ugly crime.

4. threatening trouble or danger: ugly symptoms.

5. mean; hostile; quarrelsome: an ugly mood; an ugly frame of mind.

6. (especially of natural phenomena) unpleasant or dangerous: ugly weather; an ugly sea.

More examples(as adjective)

"techses can be ugly in/at/on yesterdays."

"sales can be ugly in/at/on tomorrows."

"people can be ugly without things."

"people can be ugly for people."

"people can be ugly as sins."

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Middle English: from Old Norse uggligr ‘to be dreaded’, from ugga ‘to dread’.